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News ERMA FIRST Establishes Partnership with Bactest for Compliance Testing Toolkit

ERMA FIRST S.A., leading Ballast Water Treatment System manufacturer and award-winning Bactest Ltd., producers of the only fully integrated ballast water testing solution; proudly announce their partnership as of September 2017. This promising partnership enables ERMA FIRST to sell Bactest’s rapid IMO-D2 compliance testing toolkit “Speedy Breedy SeaSure®” along with ERMA FIRST BWTS FIT.

“ERMA FIRST has always been committed to deliver total ballast water solutions for all types and sizes of vessels. In an effort to satisfy our customers’ needs we established this cooperation with Bactest. We are honoured to be working with such a well-known company. The implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention is an important milestone for the environment and such cooperations will promote sustainable development.” states Dr. Efi Tsolaki, Chief Scientific Officer at Research & Development Dpt. of ERMA FIRST S.A.

Speedy Breedy SeaSure, compliance testing toolkit, will ensure ERMA FIRST FIT BWTS users are adhering to BWTS standards whilst enabling them to demonstrate this compliance to Port State Control officers.

Bactest CEO Prof. Annie Brooking said “We are delighted to be working with ERMA FIRST to provide their customers with a secure system that will enable them to track the results of their ballast water testing by way of our secure fully integrated ballast water testing solution Speedy Breedy SeaSure. “

Unlike other testing solutions, Speedy Breedy SeaSure is suitable for on-board testing and tests to the IMO-D2 standard bacteria, phytoplankton, residual chemicals and salinity. These results, together with vessel data as per IMO requirements, are integrated into a secure report called Ballast Log, which can be stored electronically creating a secure audit trail or e-mailed to relevant parties such as ship owners and port state authorities in advance of the ships’ arrival in port.


BACTEST Ltd is a Cambridge, UK based venture-backed company,  that specialises in turning microbial activity into data that can be used to make operational and management decisions. In November 2016 Bactest launched its third product line Speedy Breedy SeaSure® aimed at ship board and portable testing of treated ballast water to determine compliance to the IMO-D2 standard. www.speedybreedyseasure.com.


BACTEST: Prof Annie Brooking (CEO) on +44 (0) 1223 421299 or email a.brooking@bactest.com


ERMA FIRST S.A. was established in 2009 by a team of specialists with strong background and expertise in waste and water treatment technology in Marine applications. Driven by the maritime needs and regulations, and monitoring the Environmental Protection challenges, the company started designing and manufacturing ballast water treatment systems. Being successfully tested in the most prominent test facilities, ERMA FIRST systems are certified and have been awarded prizes for technological achievement many times through the years. ERMA FIRST technology uses a 40 μm filtration followed by efficient full flow electrolysis.

Nowadays, ERMA FIRST has a prestigious and fast growing reference list comprised of ship-owners and shipyards in Greece, Denmark, UK, Germany, Japan, Korea, Italy, Turkey, Romania, US, etc.

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